We treat tenancy fraud seriously and we are committed to ensuring Southern Housing Group properties are used by people with genuine housing needs.
In 2015-16, 17 properties were returned to Southern Housing Group as a result of tenancy fraud. Of these, two tenants were convicted and ordered to pay back the profits they had made through subletting. Each year, around 5% of our properties are investigated for fraud.
We work closely with other agencies to take action against customers found to be subletting their properties. Once we have evidence of tenancy fraud, we take the most appropriate action considering the type and extent of fraud.
This may include:
Obtaining a possession order to evict the tenant
Recovering any profits a tenant has made from subletting their home via an Unlawful Profit Order
Supporting the relevant local authority to prosecute the tenant
If a Southern Housing Group customer is found guilty of tenancy fraud, we give them an opportunity to terminate their tenancy and inform them of the actions we may take under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013. Under the act, those convicted could face up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to £50,000. The courts also have the power to order the tenant to pay back any profits the tenant has made through illegal subletting.
Reporting subletting in confidence
If you think a Southern Housing Group property near you is being illegally sublet, you can report this in confidence through one of the following ways: